What’s the difference between coconut oil and coconut butter? What is coconut manna? What is coconut milk? What’s the difference between coconut milk and coconut oil?
Because I don’t want you wasting time trying to figure out what form of coconut would work best in your next dairy-free recipe, I’ve put together a little guide for you, below.
Note that, if you’re keto, coconut sugar and coconut nectar are not keto-friendly, but I included it in this roundup so that you could fully grasp the coconut varieties.
How to make your favorite recipes dairy-free with coconut products
Coconut Milk ($12) The “lite” version of this milk has less fat than the “regular” version. The lite milk is great for recipes that call for 1% or 2% milk. Regular (full-fat) coconut milk is great for recipes that call for cream. Can be replaced at a ratio of 1:1.
Coconut Butter ($13) or Creamed Coconut ($14) or Coconut Manna ($6) Coconut butter is hard at room temperature and is a great replacement for white chocolate. It also makes an awesome base for chocolate shell coatings, like the one you’d find on an ice cream cone.
Coconut Water ($20) Coconut water comes from inside the whole coconut. It is high in electrolytes making it a fabulous replacement for sport drinks. It’s also great to use as a base for your smoothies.
Coconut Nectar ($6) This nectar can be used in place of honey, maple syrup, corn syrup or brown rice syrup in almost every recipe at a ratio of 1:1.
Coconut Cream ($25) High-fat, thick cream of the coconut. Can be used in place of “cream” in just about any recipe at a 1:1 ratio.
Coconut Sugar ($19) This sugar is lower on the glycemic index than cane sugar. You can use it in place of just about any granulated sugar in any recipe at a ratio of 1:1.
Shredded Coconut ($12) “Fine shred” can be used in place of flour in my recipes. The “long shred” coconut is great for cereals and snacks.
Coconut Oil ($8) Any recipe that calls for butter, coconut oil can be used in it’s place at a ratio of 1:1.